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DEP trying to determine cause of Fayette creek coloring

| Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 12:02 a.m.
Water moving along Whites Run near Buttermore Blvd in Connellsville Township shows signs of a bluish tint photographed on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. Evan R. Sanders | Daily Courier

The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating after an unknown blue substance was discovered in a Fayette County creek.

John Poister, DEP spokesman, said the agency was notified on Wednesday that the blue substance was visible in a creek along Buttermore Boulevard in Connellsville Township.

He said samples will be taken to identify the substance, which was clearly visible in the water.

“We are looking into it,” Poister said. “We are trying to compile information to track down a source.”

Michael Pickett, 16, of Connellsville Township, said he noticed the odd color when he exited his school bus Wednesday afternoon.

“I saw it, and I'm like, this is not real,” said Pickett, a junior at Connellsville Area High School. “But then I checked, and it was real.”

He and his brother, Robert, 18, said they moved into the township six months ago from Everson and have never before noticed anything similar in the creek.

The blue color was immediately noticeable to bystanders and appeared to cover a large area of the water, stretching above a bridge on the road, pooling at a bend and then extending toward another bridge on Route 119.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the Picketts said the blue substance had lightened in color since they first noticed it.

Rocks in the creek, Robert Pickett said, appeared to have been stained by the substance.

The creek, believed to be Whites Run, is located across Buttermore Boulevard from Miedel's Restaurant and Grasso's Greenhouse.

Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media and can be reached at lzemba@tribweb.com or 412-601-2166.

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